The Jagannath Rath Yatra isĀ one of the most frequented HinduĀ festivals in the country, and every year, thousands of devotees make their way to Puri to witness the larger-than-life phenomenon {so much so that ‘Jagannath’ is where the word juggernaut comes from}. As it comes to an end, we put together some glimpses of the last time were there {somewhere in 2015}.



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Gajapati Maharaja {treated as Lord Vishnu’s avatar during the rath yatra} is coming out of Raja na’aare {king’s palace} and heading towards the rath to perform the ritual of cleaning it with a gold broom in order to purify it.


Thousands of people gather every year to witness this congregation festival, which shows how religion in India is diversified along religious beliefs and practices.


This ritual is called Dhadi Pahandi, where lord Jagannath is accompanied by Pandas to enter their aunt’s place, which is the Gundicha temple.

Photos: Anand Mohapatra/LBB